Its name is the only unwieldy thing about the D1250U2F scanner

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May 09, 2002|By Kevin Washington

The CanoScan D1250U2F ($200) may have too many numbers in its name, but that's about its only fault.

While the scanner is a solid performer with pictures, colorful graphic images and text documents, what makes it a standout is the speed with which you can scan. The D1250U2F is one of the handful of devices exploiting the new Universal Serial Bus 2.0 port standard that allows for 480 Mbps transfers of data. (It works with USB 1.1 ports found on most computers, but it's actually slower than other scanners in its class when used with the old USB standard.)

Designed around the same sort of charged-couple imaging device found in digital cameras, the D1250U2F offers great optical resolution at 1,200 by 2,400 dpi and 48-bit color (which is converted to 24-bit color for use on Windows PCs). It has transparency adapters for 35mm slides and negatives.

To get the most out of the scanner, buy a USB 2.0 add-on card, which installs onto your computer's motherboard. I was able to reduce scanning time by two-thirds on an 8.5-by-11-inch photo at 600 dpi. It took about 45 seconds to scan with USB 2.0 compared to more than two minutes with a USB 1.1 connection.

Now, if Canon could just shorten the name.

Information: 800-385-2155 or http://consumer.usa.canon .com.

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